It has been a while since I posted anything here apart from the photo challenge posts.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon I joined a group of people led by someone from Surfers against Sewage and someone from the National Trust to pick up rubbish (mainly plastic) from a relatively small area of pebbles on a beach.

Much of the rubbish was in small pieces needing to be picked up by hand, wearing gloves. Litter pickers were also available for larger rubbish.

Although we spent over two hours and filled eight or more bin-bags with rubbish, we hardly made an impression. Much more needs to be done. Council workmen came and collected the bags to take them to a landfill site.

There has been a lot of publicity about pollution of the oceans with plastic recently. There are petitions, which can be signed about all sorts of ways in which the release of plastic and related pollution could be limited. Release of balloons and Chinese lanterns could be banned. A tax on plastic coffee cups could be levied as is already the case for plastic carrier bags in the UK. Rules and more rules!

We need collectively to tackle this problem with or without rules. How can we buy less plastic? Can we make sure any plastic we dispose of is recycled if possible or cannot find its way into watercourses and be washed into the sea?

Can we make a difference to the rubbish which is already littering the sides of rivers, streams and beaches?

A piece of rubbish there was no time to collect
A piece of rubbish there was no time to collect
Balloon waste I found and binned
Balloon waste I found and binned







My pictures are of the sort of rubbish, which is too often found on beaches. One of the main sources of plastic on beaches is the centres of cotton-buds. These have been disposed of inappropriately down toilets instead of being binned. The filters at the sewage treatment works do not remove them; they end up in the sea.

Rope and plastic containers from fishing are also commonly found.

There is also a campaign for dog-owners to pick up the poo on beaches. Only this morning I saw a discarded (full) poo-bag left near the beck, which runs into the sea. A charitable thought is that the dog-owner was going to pick it up on their return. As it was only a matter of yards from a bin, this seems unlikely. Unless a brave passerby were to pick it up and deposit it in the nearest bin, there are two pollutants, which could easily end up in the sea – the poo and the plastic bag!